A slight rise in drug crime (Sallies)
A slight rise in drug crime
Drug offences rose slightly between 2007 and 2008 from 18,908 in 2007 (year ending 30 June) to 19,259 in 2008. Within this overall rise there was a shift in the composition of these offences with more Cannabis related offences (14,449 to 15,288) and fewer offences for other and most often harder, drugs (4,450 to 3,971). Overall the level drug related crime is 13% lower in 2008 than in 2004 when there were 22,249 drug offences of which 18,271 were Cannabis related.
see FIGURE 20: Convictions for drug offences 2004-2008
Notably the Salvation Army says in its summary (Report Card)
Cannabis Harm Reduction Squad
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